Did you know that the City if Monroe was originally called “Spring Place”??
Elisha Betts of Virginia offered a gift of land for county buildings, private and public cemeteries, and six acres surrounding “Spring Place,” this being a public gathering place for citizens in the surrounding community. This benefactor also suggested to give the town the name of “Monroe” in honor of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States. His offer was accepted and Monroe became known as the county seat of Walton County in 1820. The City of Monroe was incorporated in 1821.